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Got a Costco membership today

I live in Southwest Austin and fairly close to a SAMs and a Costco. I've been a member of SAMs for 25 years, I guess. I dropped by the Costco and browsed around. Found some good prices on stuff and the meats looked really good. I decided to sign up. Now, what do I do about my SAMs membership? Do I fire them all together or keep my membership? I bought myself rack of Pork. Saw Prime packer briskets for 2.65/lb. I think I'll like this place.
Dave - Austin, TX


  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 12,067
    You'll like Costco much better than Sam's in the long run. Overall the quality is higher.
  • njlnjl Posts: 851
    I cancelled my Sam's membership at one point (liked Costco better), but then there were things I needed that Sam's had and Costco didn' I keep both now.
  • DMWDMW Posts: 8,480 you can buy some wagyu on sale.
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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 7,609
    Sams is better for hardware type things,  IMO.  Occasionally I hear of folks findingvgood deals on meat.  Overall,  the quality of food,  seafood,  beef,  wine,  and liquor items at Costco blows Sams away.  I've  been a member of either Costco or Sam's  at different times,  and currently have both. 

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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,882
    Have both as SAMs is across the street from work (just till March)and Costco is 50 miles from the house in Salado.
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  • KennyLeeKennyLee Posts: 717

    Similar to Lowe's and HD, Costco is better for some things and Sam's for others.  However in this case I would say Costco is the clear winner overall.  Certainly better meat with a wider selection.  We have a Sam's nearby but only have a Costco membership.


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  • I'm off to check out the brand new one in Cedar Park, TX.  Film at 11.

  • AviatorAviator Posts: 1,550
    I keep both. They have their individual roles, as many above have said. Tires for me are a better deal at Sams at least where I live. They take better care.


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  • ShiffShiff Posts: 1,434
    If you do decide to stick with Costco, be sure to cancel your Sam's membership and they will refund the entire year's membership cost - at least this used to be their policy.  I used to be a Sam's member but switched to Costco at our new house since there is no Sam's nearby.  We are also members at BJs since they have different items we use that make the membership cost worth it.

    If they still offer the full refund, you could cancel your Sam's membership and see how you like Costco - you can change your mind later.
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  • TerrebanditTerrebandit Posts: 1,582
    @Shiff. Thanks
    Dave - Austin, TX
  • First time I ever saw prime brisket for sale. The lines were horrible but I got a membership all the same.

    Does anyone know if a cryovac packer brisket freezes well?

  • TerrebanditTerrebandit Posts: 1,582
    Yes. I freeze them.
    Dave - Austin, TX
  • I bought my last brisket at Sams in cryo and it was a prime...13 lbs for 32 bucks...we are lucky...swmbo employer pays for both Sams and costco...and there are rumors that both are building locations closer to us.
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